How to Choose a Puppy For Your Family

A new puppy can bring love and warmth to your family, but finding the right one is critical to how well they integrate into your home. Every puppy needs a good home, but not every puppy is the right fit for your home life.

How can you know the best type of canine companion for your family and lifestyle? Do you want a big dog with lots of energy, or do you prefer a small lap dog to snuggle with during the evenings?

Before you buy or rescue a new puppy for your home, here’s how to choose a puppy breed for your family.

What’s Your Lifestyle?

If your family’s busy lifestyle keeps you away from home throughout much of the day, you need a dog breed that does well independently while you’re away. Do you live in an apartment, or do you have a home with a nice fenced-in backyard for your pup to roam?

Your lifestyle can help narrow down the best options for choosing the ideal puppy breed to add to your life. Large, active dogs most often need plenty of room to run and roam. Make sure you can offer a fenced backyard and plenty of attention throughout the day to help an active pet live its best life with you.

A smaller puppy or a breed with less energy can do well in an apartment (with plenty of walks) if properly crate trained to handle your time away from home in safety and comfort.

What Are Your Needs?

Do your kids need a pet for running, playing, and family adventures? Are you looking for a tough-looking dog to protect your home and family while you’re away? Choose a puppy that can grow into the right fit for you and your family’s needs.

Research a breed before bringing a puppy home, then select a reputable breeder to find a quality animal. A breeder like the La Nobleza Kennel offers puppies the become agile, protective, and courageous animals to protect your family.

Which Puppy Is the Right One From a Litter?

You’ve decided on a breed, but how do you know which one from the litter is the best fit for your family? Within a litter, you’ll find a runt, a bully, and everything in between.

When observing a litter:

  • Watch how the puppies interact with each other
  • Take notice of pups that are neither dominant nor submissive and play well with the other pups
  • Look for signs of good health in a puppy’s eyes, gums, coat, and overall movements
  • Pick up each pup and see how they interact with humans or react to being pulled away from the litter

Pick a puppy that is playful, affectionate, and seems in excellent overall health.

Choose a Puppy That Brings Joy to Your Life!

Puppies are a lot of work, but they are a worthwhile addition to your home! Choose a puppy that brings joy to your life for many happy years.

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